NorthWestern Energy Freedom Stage
Salute to Veterans
Join us as we salute our Veterans at the SD State Fair.
Thursday, Aug 2910:30 am
Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular Comedy Show
Take a dash of science, a blob of humor, throw in a hillbilly, and what do you get? You get the explosive good time of the Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular! Witness the crazy antics of Dr. Cletus Beaker, MD as he puts a unique twist on the world of science and experiments. Using his high level of intellect and scientific training skills, watch as this back-woods boy demonstrates his entries for the next upcoming science fair at his local elementary school (he's determined not to get beaten by the 3rd graders again)! Audiences will laugh, learn, and have a rootin tootin good old time as you learn a brand new meaning to the old term: “Weird Science!”
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Thursday, Aug 2912:00 pm - 12:45 pm, 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
Friday, Aug 3012:00 pm - 12:45 pm, 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Cambria String Band
This five-piece cover band features high-energy pop and contemporary country music in an Americana style. They also perform bluegrass, gospel and fiddle tunes. From beautiful love songs to popular hard-driving rhythms, this band offers something for everyone.
The band includes Larry Rotezel on banjo, Katie Lautinschlager on violin, Becky Vogt on bass, Dusty Whiteside on mandolin, and Chris Johnson on guitar.
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Thursday, Aug 291:30 pm - 2:30 pm, 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm
T.C. Hatter & Marcianne
T.C. Hatter & Marcianne perform a hilarious stage show featuring silent clowning, juggling, some magic, and a live musical accomplishment. The entire audience participates as assistants and living props.
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Thursday, Aug 293:00 pm - 3:45 pm, 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm
The Abbey Road Band consists of four guys who grew up loving the Beatles music. Back in the '60s, when the "Fab 4" first hit the scene, they were all playing Beatles songs in their own towns, in their own local rock groups. They all continued to love the music through the following years. Now the music of the Beatles is popular once again. They formed this band, so people could hear a live performance of the Beatles music.
The group came about when Monte Madison, the leader of "Abbey Road Band," had the idea of "hand picking" three other guys who were as crazy about the Beatles as he was. He wanted to form a group to perform the Beatles music as close to the original records as possible. Special attention was given to getting the harmonies just right. In March 2001, Monte found 3 guys who met his high standards.
And all the members agreed to do whatever it takes to do the songs correctly, investing whatever time and effort is needed. (They found that if they changed the instruments around, they could perform a wider range of the Beatles songs.)
In their "Tribute to the Beatles Show," they cover songs spanning the Beatles musical career. They currently perform more than 60 Beatles songs.
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Friday, Aug 302:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Sound Exchange
The Sound Exchange is a five-member a cappella group based out of the Twin Cities of Minnesota. They bring dazzling harmonies, great stage presence, and wise-cracking audience interaction together in a whirlwind a cappella experience that is not to be missed! The diverse musical backgrounds of this internationally performing group vaulted them onto stages ranging from corporate events to state fairs, to benefit concerts, to school assemblies, to clubs, and to cruise ships. These stellar performers bring both their wealth of musical experience and their unique sense of humor to every single show and do it with a contagious joy that will have you laughing and clapping along! So, whether you love soulful ballads, blistering rock anthems, jazz standards or chart-topping singles, or you just love to laugh, The Sound Exchange has you covered.
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Friday, Aug 304:30 pm - 5:15 pm, 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Dakota Star presented by Dakotaland Federal Credit Union
Dakota Star presented by Dakotaland Federal Credit Union is the SD State Fair's version of American Idol! Contestants compete in preliminary competition Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Those who make it out of the preliminary competition will move onto the finals!
Competition is open to soloists, duos, or trios. There are two age divisions, 1) 18 and up and 2) 12-17 years of age.
1st Place: Hunter Widvey and Ted Van Alstyne – Rapid City, SD
2nd Place: Jamie O’Neill and Sylvia Kattner – Huron, SD
3rd Place: Elizabeth Hofer – Bruce, SD
1st Place: Harley VonEye – Watertown, SD
2nd Place: Kierra Abbas – Lennox, SD
3rd Place: Emmarie Kaiser – Winner, SD
Friday, Aug 306:00 pm
Saturday, Aug 316:00 pm
Sunday, Sep 16:00 pm
Monday, Sep 25:00 pm
Insuring a Brighter Tomorrow Scholarship Awards and Rural Dakota Pride AwardsHosted by SD Farmers Union
Saturday, Aug 3110:30 am
Trinity Hill is an uplifting band who loves to spread positivity through their music. This band was brought together by a happenstance and hopes to gain a loyal following singing and playing both secular and sacred music. While having had success locally, this band is as much on the upswing as their music uplifts.
The band includes special guest Tony Hulst of Black Water Band fame on drums. The core of the band is made up of Will Smith on guitar, Jaime O’Neill on the piano and vocals, and is fronted by Sylvia Kattner. Best of all these band members are all Huron residents. Trinity Hill is on the rise, be one of the first people to say you saw them when … at the South Dakota State Fair!
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Saturday, Aug 3111:30 am - 12:30 pm
Future of Hemp in SD Panel hosted by SD Farmers Union
Saturday, Aug 311:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Team up for Safety Quiz BowlHosted by SD Farmers Union
Saturday, Aug 312:00 pm - 3:30 pm
What would Freddy Mercury have been like, if he really was a woman? Well, Killer Queen has that covered with Freddie's long lost twin sister Freda Mercury! She's come a long way to join a band of superb musicians to recreate the music of Queen!
Along w/the exciting stage presence inherited from Freddie to Freda, Killer Queen executes the excitement & finesse of a classic Queen concert, ”Live Killers” album style, from the early days of the 70’s & 80’s!
Killer Queen has played to record attendance crowds, at numerous annual festivals, provoking standing ovations, and encore performances!
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Saturday, Aug 314:30 pm - 5:30 pm, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Wild Flowers
The Wild Flowers (The Judds of South Dakota!) are a Mother and Daughter trio bringing you a wide variety of musical entertainment. They enjoy singing in the community throughout the year and coming to the State fair to entertain and bring smiles to the faces of many fairgoers each year, performing a wide variety of music so each day is different and new! They sing everything from Country to Christian!
Sunday, Sep 110:30 am - 11:15 am
Dreamweaver Comedy Hypnosis
Randy Buker is a full-time hypnotist. He’s one of the very few hypnotic entertainers in the upper Midwest who can stay busy enough to do this for a living. Most do it on the side as a part-time job or a hobby. The difference is that the hobbyists don’t do enough shows to get the experience needed to do high quality, professional shows. Because he’s a professional, you will receive a professional experience from your very first contact with Randy all the way through to the end of the show.
Randy has a background in the Mental Health field. Following college, he worked in that field for seventeen years. He brings his mental health experience and understanding of the human mind to the stage. Along with his quick wit, your audience will be amazed as they watch the volunteers explore the powers of their subconscious minds in a most hilarious way.
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Sunday, Sep 112:00 pm - 1:00 pm, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Gypsies, Doves and Dreams
Gypsies, Doves and Dreams is a heartfelt tribute to the lyrical genius of Stevie Nicks. Fronted by Kansas City native and tribute show pioneer Kim Osborne, Gypsies, Doves and Dreams strive to capture the "essence" of Stevie; the mystery, the emotion, and the power of her magical songs. From her hits with Fleetwood Mac to a soaring solo career and sought-after duo partner, Stevie Nicks is the undisputed Queen of Rock! Spend an evening with Gypsies, Doves and Dreams, and fall under the spell...
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Sunday, Sep 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Elton Dan & The Rocket Band
An Elton Dan show pays tribute to one of the all-time greatest artists: ELTON JOHN. Elton Dan's rapport and stage presence are second to none and his magical piano playing has a way of engaging you in the full ELTON experience. Before you know it, you're captivated by his incredible band including backup singers and thrilled with the over the top costumes and high energy performances just like ELTON in days past. Elton Dan has performed for gatherings of 8,000 plus but gives each listener the feeling that they are sharing the intimate emotions of the much-loved music with just them. For more information, check out Elton Dan on Facebook.
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Sunday, Sep 17:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Test your baby’s speed! Babies will crawl from one side of the stage to the other. The fastest three will win a trophy! Registration is at 9:30am. All babies participating must be under 15 months of age. Two parents, guardians, or friends must be present to stand on either side of the racing area across from the baby. There is no registration fee! Feel free to bring along your baby’s favorite toy, snack, or blanket to help coax them across the finish line
Monday, Sep 210:00 am
Recently featured on the finals of America's Got Talent --- Bruce and Diane and their family of 12 children have been in over 35 countries, using their Spin-tacular Basketball Show to entertain! Bruce Crevier is a "Four Time Guinness World Record Holder" for basketball spinning and has spun as many as 21 basketballs at the same time. He also holds the endurance world record and has spun one basketball without a break for 22 hours and 12 minutes. Their programs are fit to audiences in any age range in any setting!
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Monday, Sep 211:00 am - 11:45 am, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
The Kid and Nic Show
When Nicole (Nic) and Kirk (Kid) Tracy met, they had no idea that their partnership would soon include leading a band together. Nicole was a busy actor who performed Shakespeare, Neil Simon, various musicals, and played a character on the television series Beverly Hills 90210. Kirk was a working saxophonist who played live with The Shirelles, The Ink Spots, Dave Wakeling (The English Beat and General Public), and recorded the Epic Records debut release of the ska group Save Ferris. Although, once they met everything changed. A fun, high energy, the interactive show was born that features a cool blend of a wide variety of different music. Since the formation of this husband and wife led the five-piece band in 1997, The Kid and Nic Show have performed regularly from the House of Blues stages in Hollywood and Anaheim to clubs, casinos, theaters, festivals and special events across the country. Past tours have taken the show to over 16 states. The Kid and Nic Show have been featured on The Discovery Channel, The Food Networks "Bobby Flay's Food Nation", as well as morning news shows in Minnesota, South Dakota, Nevada, and Arizona. Their story has also been told in periodicals across the nation. Songs from Kid and Nic's last release Where You Are There You Is are enjoying regular rotation on radio stations across the nation and around the world! Kid and Nic take their audiences on a trip across the landscape of American music and comedy for a show that provides a lot of laughs, great danceable music and a genuine feeling of joy!